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Gov. Bentley Allocates $1.7 Million to Improve Highway Safety

Gov. Bentley Allocates $1.7 Million to Improve Highway Safety

by Norris Injury Lawyers | April 22nd, 2014

Traffic safety is a major concern in Alabama, considering the Department of Public Safety reports that the state saw 848 fatalities and 35,153 injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions in 2009—an increase from the previous year’s total.

In an effort to reduce the number of individuals injured by Alabama Car Accidents, the state has allocated grants to law enforcement to help fund their battles against behaviors like speeding, drunk driving, failing to wear a seat belt, or texting and driving.

According to an article from ABC 33/40 News, Gov. Robert Bentley has marked $1.7 million to improve safety on the state’s roads and highways. The funds will be used to not only purchase new breathalyzer machines to test motorists who are potentially under the influence of alcohol, but also to pay overtime wages for law enforcement officers working overtime during safety campaigns. The latter accounts for roughly $250,000 of the budgeted funds, which was made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve highway safety in the state and are hopeful the programs are a success!

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